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, that's the practical effect of what we see here today. >> let's take a listen to what senator john mccain said about the issues that republicans have about chuck hagel. >> to be honest with you, neil, it goes back to there is a lot of ill will toward senator hagel, because when he was a republican, he attacked president bush, mercilessly at one point said he was the worst president since herbert hoover, said that the surge was the worst blunder since the vietnam war, which is nonsense, and was very anti his own party and people. people don't forget that. you can disagree, but if you are disagreeab disagreeable, people don't forget that. >> what is the gop strategy here? >> they creating more bad pr for the people. do people really think he won't be confirmed? >> republicans are dragging their feet, not because they don't think he will be confirmed. they don't like his views on israel and iran. many of them were not fond of him. very critical of the bush administration and of the surge in iraq. one of the situations where he will eventually be confirmed. in the meantime, i don't know if it
, we're going to come after you in election time. >> let's talk about john mccain and immigration, that really tense town hall that he held last week for immigration in his home state. let's take a look at the senator's comments as a result of that. take a listen to this. >> some people say, oh, look at that. that's what town halls are supposed to be about. that's why they're always packed. i didn't believe that that person was correct with his facts. so i fired back at him. and people said good, that's what we want to hear. this is a debate we want to hear. i'm proud of that. and if anybody doesn't like it, then you don't have to come to the town hall meeting. >> did you see what he did originally at that town hall? he called t ted the border fenc banana, and he got very testy and was really fighting back against some of his constituents there. how does the gop make strides on this issue if that's the tenor of the kind of conversations we're having around this country regarding immigration? >> that probably strikes a lot of fear into your average republican who has any kind of to
his friend and republican colleague john mccain. was there something personal there? >> there is always something personal in relationships between senators and chuck hagel is a former senator. i can't speculate on motives of each of the senators. they are probably different motives, an array of intent and purpose. i think there will be a vote this week in the committee, if not this week, next week, but soon. i believe there will be republican votes for senator hagel and if not in committee, at least on the floor. i believe he will be approved. i think the personal issues, hopefully, will be put behind us. most importantly, it will be a bipartisan vote. whatever the motives on a personal level, i hope partisanship is not part of this process as the american people watching that hearing may have concluded it was because the weight of the republican questioning, the prosecuting or crass examination aspect was so much on the republican side. >> do you agree with the old tradition that president's should be able to pick their own cabinet, choose the people with whom they
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